Translated from Ukrainian via Google and OFP
The Ukrainian Defense Forces launched strikes against Russian military and logistics hubs in the south, inflicting casualties on the enemy. They also continued counter-offensive actions in the directions of Svatovo and Kremennaya Luhansk region.
Meanwhile, numerous reports testify to the extremely low morale and psychological state of the occupiers in Donbas. This is stated in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War (Institute for the Study of War, ISW) dated November 16.
Successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the South
The defenders of Ukraine continued to strike at Russian forces and logistics centers in the rear areas of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on November 15 they hit enemy positions in the area of Skadovsk, Novonikolaevka and Novaya Mayachka.
The Ukrainian operational command “South” stated that on that day our soldiers launched more than 50 artillery strikes on Russian positions on the left bank of the Dnieper, destroying two enemy ammunition depots in Novaya Kakhovka and Oleshki, injuring 17 invaders and damaging 15 units of their armored vehicles.
On November 16, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation tried to justify itself, saying that the invaders intercepted HIMARS shells near Kalanchak and Novonikolaevka. A Russian source claimed that residents reported explosions in Kalanchak and Chaplynka. And the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine clarified that Ukrainian strikes rendered useless the railway bridge in Chernigovka, Zaporozhye region.
According to the speaker of the Odessa military administration, Sergei Bratchuk, Ukrainian fighters attacked the Russian military warehouse in Tokmak. According to pictures on the network, presumably, there was a fire.
The efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Luhansk region
Propagandists from the Russian Federation complained that on November 16, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continued counter-offensive operations in the direction of the cities of Svatovo and Kremennaya in the Lugansk region. The Russian Ministry of Defense at the time stated that airstrikes by the RF Armed Forces “prevented the Ukrainian forces from conducting an assault 20 km north-west of Svatovo” in the Berestovo region in the Kharkiv region and Novoselovsky in the Luhansk region.
Pro-war bloggers in the aggressor country acknowledged that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were conducting offensives 14 kilometers northwest of Svatovo in the Kuzemovka area, and one propagandist noted that Ukrainian forces were trying to cut off a section of the road and railway in the area. They also complained that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were carrying out reconnaissance in force along the Peschanoe-Stelmakhovka line to the north-west of Svatovo. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Russian artillery units repelled attacks by Ukrainian troops on their positions near Kolomyychikha, Luhansk region (10 km west of Svatovo).
It was also reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to try to block the section of the Svyatovo-Kremennaya highway, and Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups operate 6 km north-west of the latter in the Krasnopopovka area.
“Fighting continues 12 km south of Kremennaya in Belogorivka. Ukrainian forces have gone on the offensive along the entire line from Popasna in the Luhansk region to the Kharkiv region and are accumulating tank groups near the front line,” the ISW noted, citing complaints from Russian propagandists.
Desertion in the ranks of the invaders
According to experts, numerous reports testify to the extremely low morale and psychological state of the occupiers in both Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Significant losses on the battlefield, mobilization to the front line without proper training and poor supplies led to cases of desertion. The independent Russian media outlet ASTRA wrote that Russian authorities are holding about 300 Mobiks in a basement in Zaitsevo in the Luhansk region for refusing to return to the front lines.